Pea puffer fish - Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Pea puffer fish - Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Pea puffer fish - Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Pea puffer fish - Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Pea puffer fish - Carinotetraodon travancoricus
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  • Decimates snail plagues

Pea puffer fish - Carinotetraodon travancoricus

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Pea puffer fish - Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Who is actually watching whom here? The pea puffer is a small, tiny, and in places funny guy who stands on the spot in the middle of the aquarium and watches his keepers back, wiggling his huge eyes. Its tiny fins spin like little propeller blades as it moves back and forth, aiming for the next snail, which it gleefully eats with a crack. With these miniature versions of their big brothers from the salt water, it's really hard to get away from the aquarium and get back to the real day's work! - Garnelio
Features
Water values: soft to hard
Origin: Asia
Pelvic region: Center
with shrimps?: Socialization not possible
with dwarf crabs?: No
Diet: molluskivor - snail eater
Planting possible?: Yes
Visual effect: Especially colorful
Final size: 1-4 cm
Difficulty: 2 - Normal
Breeding: medium
Aquarium size: 54 l (approx. 60cm)
with snails/shells?: No
Fish group: Pufferfish
Temperature: 25-30 °C
Description

The tiny pea puffer, Carinotetraodon travancoricus, is one of the fish that is often used when unpleasant snails have multiplied too much in the aquarium and dominate almost the entire aquarium. With its "pea size" and large eyes, the Pea Pufferfish is also droll to look at. Originally it belonged to the genus Tetraodon, but based on skeletal studies it was ultimately assigned to Carinotetraodon. Its scientific species name Carinotetraodon is derived from the Latin carina for "keel", as well as the Greek tetra for "four" and odus for "tooth". The German species name is self-explanatory due to its possible final size of just 3-4 cm.

The Pea Pufferfish is also called Indian Dwarf Pufferfish, whose habitats are located in India and Sri Lanka (Pamba River, Vembanad Lake, Chalakkudy River in Kerala Province) and consists of moderately flowing, stagnant and very weedy freshwaters. It feeds mainly on snails and mosquito larvae, as well as small crustaceans. It belongs to the true freshwater puffers. The round, high-backed body with conspicuously large eyes has a light to yellow ground coloration, on which brown spots with partly metallic turquoise shimmer are distributed. The mouth is very small and terminal. Dorsal and anal fins are set very far back at the same height and are olive-yellow semi-transparent, as are all other fins.

Pea Puffers can already be kept in 54 liter aqu ariums, but should be kept in a group to distribute the aggression that sometimes occurs within the species. Usually they are rather calm comrades, which at the most hit each other on the cap, rarely it can be that they nibble at the fins of their fellow fish. Therefore, they should rather be socialized with livelier fish like beardies or livebearers.

Purely externally, pea puffers are difficult to distinguish. As with others, however, the males stand out with more intense colors. The breeding of these dwarfs in the aquarium has already been successful. As spawning substrate fine plants are suitable, but preferably Java moss, which is in loose nests in the aquarium. An increase in temperature, as well as increased feeding with live food such as white and red mosquito larvae, but also Artemia, stimulates the readiness to spawn. If pea puffers are well fed, they are quasi continuous spawners, but also poor nest predators that eat their own spawn. Their 1-1.5 mm small eggs develop within 7-9 days depending on the environment. Half a week after hatching the larvae can be fed with very small live food . If one wishes to successfully raise pea puffers, an appropriate rearing aquarium and spawning aquarium would be recommended, into which the parent fish are transferred for spawning and immediately released afterwards.

The aquarium of the Pea Puffers is relatively simple in design with a fine substrate such as very fine gravel or sand, and sometimes denser vegetation of stem plants, vegetated hardscape with mosses, but also roots as a screen, and a small floating plant cover. According to their habitat, the aquarium may have weedy corners, in which the animals, especially in the rank lower, can retreat. Even though Pea Puffers are not great swimmers, they still like to stay in open water, so they should be given adequate swimming space. Water temperature should be between 24-27°C, total hardness between 5 and 20° dGH, pH between 7.2 and 8.5.

As a small crustacean and snail eater, socialization with invertebrates is rather unsuitable. Possible by-fish are fast swimming and active bear fish, livebearers conditionally, as well as catfish. Pea Puffers can become partly territorial due to their social behavior and push their conspecifics into the corner. An appropriate group size therefore distributes their aggression within the species and serves, among other things, their social structure.

The Pea Pufferfish is one of the first "solution fish" to be touted for overgrown snail populations, as it decimates them in a short period of time. This is mainly done behind the background that the pea puffer fish must regularly wear down its regrowing teeth, otherwise it would no longer be able to feed. This theory may be unilaterally true, but observations have shown that the pufferfish does "crack" the shell of the snail (this can sometimes even be heard outside the aquarium), but then "slurps out" the soft body of the snail and leaves the shell remains unnoticed. Also in its habitat it feeds on Snails and also mosquito larvae. For this reason, among others, and due to the fact that they cannot be accustomed to dry food, Pea Puffers  should be fed regularly with live food such as food snails, but also mosquito larvae, Artemia and Daphnia. If their diet does not consist of varied food, they may become frustrated and pick at the fins of other fish, but this can be easily prevented using the aforementioned reasons.

Our food recommendation: The NatureHolic Cichfeed has a grain size of 1.5 mm and is therefore suitable for larger fish. The NH Cichfeed is a soft granulate for mainly carnivorous fish. It has the same consistency as small crustaceans and insect larvae that fish naturally eat, and the soft granules protect the fish mouth from micro-injuries that can occur from hard feed granules.

Our plant recommendation: For planting, use NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

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Scientific name: Carinotetraodon travancoricus
German Name: Pea pufferfish, Indian dwarf pufferfish, dwarf pufferfish
Difficulty level: for beginners
Origin/Distribution: India, Sri Lanka
Coloration: Body high-backed, golden-yellow base color with brown spots, large eyes, transparent fins, very small mouth
Age expectancy 2-4 years
Water parameters: GH 5-20, KH 8-15, pH 7.2-8.5, temperature 24-27° C
Tank size: from 54 l
Food Carnivores, food snails and live food
Breeding medium
Behavior peaceful, but territorial and possibly aggressive towards conspecifics
Group size at least 6 animals
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do, Keeping puffer fish in the aquarium

 

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Question: "Hallo, fressen Erbsenkugelfische Gefriergetrocknetes Futter (Würfel)? LG "

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Hallo David, vielen dank fuer deine Frage! Ja, wenn sie hungrig genug sind. Generell bevorzugen sie aber Frost oder Lebendfutter.

Question: "Guten Tag, Ich habe ein 260 Liter Aquarium mit Roten neons, Einem Skalar, Schmetterlings Fisch und paar kleinen garnelen. Das der Erbsenkugelfisch schwierig mit kleinen garnelen zu halten ist ist mir bewusst wollte dennoch fragen ob mein restlichen besatz mit einem Erbsenkugelfisch zusammen gehalten werden kann? Und ob ich lieber einen oder mehrere der Kleinen Erbsen aufnehme wenn es denn passt? MFG."

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Hallo Svea, vielen Dank fuer deine Frage! Nicht nur ist er gefaehrlich fuer die Garnelen, er frisst auch Skalaren die Faeden ab. 

Question: "Hallo, kann man die Fische mit Guppys, einen Barsch, Welsen und einer Ringelhandgarnele zusammen halten ?"

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Hallo Anna, vielen Dank fuer deine Frage! Wir raten ab, die Tiere knabbern die Flossen von Guppys ab, sowie Barteln von Welsen. 

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